Usually the Super Bowl champs don’t have to worry about much the next season in the NFL. They had enough talent to make it the previous year, and barring a crazy amount of departing free agents, retirements or injuries, few moves need to be made.
Actually, that’s not how it happens most of the time, but that’s exactly the case with Pete Carroll’s bunch. Michael Bennett stayed home and Seattle swallowed Golden Tate and minor depth losses. Truth be told, they’re pretty much the same deep and balanced bunch, and everyone else in the league ought to be scared.
Seattle is basically playing with the house’s money as the 2014 NFL Draft comes around, as they can just add to strengths and pickup guys they feel would be good fits for their system.
Let’s take a look at the few needs they do have (yes, perhaps they have a couple), as well as other positions they might be interested in adding to:
Offensive needs: WR, TE, OL
Golden Tate is gone, while Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice should reconstruct their houses to look like ambulances. Seattle is a run-first, ball control offense, but they surely wouldn’t mind bigger plays and more consistency out of their passing game. Landing some top shelf talent at wide receiver or tight end could be the help they need. They do have talent at both positions, but there is some exciting talent available this year, so they might take some luxury picks.
Starting with the #32 pick, Seattle could try out a stud receiver or tight end – specifically guys like Cody Latimer and Allen Robinson at WR, or Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end. If they don’t take the bait in round one, they’ll add at least one of these two positions at some point. The earlier, the better.
Seattle has a pretty strong offensive line, but depth is always nice to have. They’ll aim to round their o-line out even more with some mid-to-late round beefcakes. If a stud tackle falls to them, though, why not? They have the roster to allow some spending on positions they don’t even need.
Defensive Needs: DL, CB
The same philosophy leaks into the defense. They’re going to lock up Richard Sherman eventually and already locked up Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett, but why not keep adding insane talent to a stout unit? They might do that as early as round one, where stud defensive linemen Dee Ford and Stephon Tuitt could be hanging around.
They could actually use a little depth past Sherman at corner, too, so a corner early wouldn’t be mind-blowing. After all, they did lose Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III in free agency.
This draft is mostly about luxury for the defending champs. They have some minor weak areas that could use depth, but overall they could go through the entire event simply picking the top talent on the board.